The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS 12, Jays 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Lineup. Joe Maddon tinkered with the lineup, moving Ben Zobrist up to the 2-hole, shifting Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria down a slot. The result was 12 runs…Bullpen. It was already a good lead by the time David Price was pulled, but it was still nice to see three key members of the bullpen (Joel Peralta, Wade Davis, JP Howell) combine for 3.1 scoreless innings, striking out 6 and walking none…Sweet Swingin’. Matt Joyce is absolutely locked in right now. Two doubles and his third home run. And one of those doubles was nearly another home run. Let’s just sit back and enjoy the view…Wolverine. Luke Scott is another red hot bat right now, hitting his 3rd home run last night, a grand slam…GTMI. The Rays went with the power last night, but the most important run may have come in the second inning. After Matt Joyce doubled, Jose Molina grounded out to the right side moving Joyce to third. Then Sean Rodriguez brought Joyce home with a sac fly. For a team that has struggled getting men home, it was nice to see a manufactured run early in the game.

THE BAD: Reid Brignac. Briggy plays because of what he can do with the glove. Still, after going 0-2 yesterday, he is now just 2-17 with 1 walk to start the season. The Rays don’t need a lot of offense from Briggy, but they need more than that.

THE TELLING: The Blue Jays have asked MLB to review one of Evan Longoria’s three errors from Tuesday night…BJ Upton went 0-6 in a double-header in the final games of his rehab assignment.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Lefty Ricky Romero sounded a little annoyed at the idea that Joe Maddon would use 9 lefties against him if he could. [Toronto Sun]
  • The Rays have signed Lance Pendleton, a minor league pitcher with a bit of big league experience. [TampaBay.com]

DOWN ON THE FARM

Charlotte 4, DURHAM 3. Chris Archer gave up 4 runs in 4 innings and has now allowed 14 runs and walked 13 in just 12.2 innings. He has struck out 11…Ryan Reid tossed 3 scoreless innings of relief, striking out 2…SS Tim Beckham went 0-4 and is now hitting .216, while RF Brandon Guyer had 3 singles in 4 at bats. He’s at .235…DH Leslie Anderson continues to get on base, going 1-2 with 2 walks. He is now 20-43 (.465) with a .500 OBP. And in 11 games he has 4 walks with just 5 strikeouts.

Mobile 3, MONTGOMERY 1 (game 1). Kyle Lobstein struck out 7 in 5.1 innings, but walked 5 and threw a wild pitch as he allowed 2 runs on 2 hits…SS Hak-Ju Lee went 0-3 and BJ Upton played center field in the first game and went 0-3.

MONTGOMERY 6, Mobile 2 (game 2). Joe Cruz picked up his first win with 5.2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 4. Both hits were solo home runs…SS Hak-Ju Lee had a single in 4 at bats, but is still just 11-56 (.196)…BJ Upton went 0-3 as the DH…RF Henry Wrigley hit his 5th home run.

CHARLOTTE. (no game scheduled)

BOWLING GREEN 5, Great Lakes 4. Parker Markel allowed 4 runs in 6 innings, and now has a 4.50 ERA in 3 starts…RF Drew Vettleson had 2 hits to up his average to .267. He also stole his 3rd and 4th bases.

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13 Comments

  1. Beth says:

    Does anyone understand why Romero is offended that Maddon puts lefties in the line up against him? I didn’t read Maddon’s comments as an insult, merely an observation that Romero, unlike many lefthanded pitchers, is most effective against right handed hitters. Where’s the insult?

    • Cork Gaines says:

      I think Romero feels like Maddon is saying that he has “figured out” Romero. It would be like a pitcher finding a hole in a batter’s swing and saying to the press, “yeah, all I have to do is throw curveballs to Evan Longoria and I will get him out every time.” Now, that is not what Maddon meant. And nobody thinks putting lefties in guarantees anything. But I think that is what Romero heard.

  2. KillaTapes says:

    Is there any scenario where we would ever see Leslie Anderson on the big club? All he’s done is rake in AAA. (not asking for him to be called up btw, just wondering if there’s any chance that someday he may)

    • DRR says:

      Anderson is definitely off to a hot start, but if I were the Rays I would need to see a lot more before I consider him an option. He has been on the roster for two years here in Durham and has generally been underwhelming.

      I hope the start to his season is a sign of overall improvement, but I can’t imagine the sample size is currently large enough to draw those conclusions.

      • Beth says:

        See a lot more? He’s been in their system now for two full years, plus the start of this year. His hitting stats aren’t any worse than others who are considered much stronger prospects. The fact that he’s seldom mentioned as a potential call up suggests to me that the management doesn’t see him as someone likely to succeed in the majors, but I’m not sure why. Perhaps he’s a limited fielder, so they’d prefer to give the roster spot to an Elliott John or a Vogt, who provide more defensive flexibility?

        • DRR says:

          My point is that I do need to see more of what he has been doing so far this year, because he hasn’t been doing it for the past two seasons. There was a lot of excitement around Anderson when he first came to town, and I remember thinking after the first couple of times I saw him, thinking “this is really it?”

          This is the first year he actually seems comfortable on the field and in the box. Hopefully it is a result of finally being settled into the US and adjusted culturally, and his strong start will continue.

          11 strong games after two average seasons isn’t enough for me just yet.

    • Gus says:

      Anderson — as a Cuban exile — should be evaluated differently that other prospects. If he flourishes this year, it may be that he has finally made the adjustment to the US and he may be ready. Not much history for Cuban position players to go on. But worth watching.

      If he’s still producing, they should bring him up for the Marlins series so he can stick it to Castro-loving Ozzie and turn the Miami ballpark in the Rays favor.

      • Alex says:

        People ask all the time why Leslie isn’t with the Rays. Look at his walk to strike out ratio the past few years. It’s terrible and that’s in the minors. Think Sean Rodriguez or Reid Brignac. He also has almost no power what so ever and his defense is nothing special. Essentially he is nothing more than an average 4A player. Please do not compare him to better prospects because he is not even close. Just because he’s off to a hot start does not mean we should call him up

  3. MJ says:

    looks like BJ has really been lighting it up down there…

  4. s says:

    Ill bring it up again. Is MLB going to “vaporize” the Jays? less than 16K for either night. Did ESPN make any comments about it? they drew 48K for the first game and haven’t drawn flies for any of the other game. i guess it’s the bad weather????????????

    speaking of that, how about cleveland and seattle? 2 games under 10K and seattle has had 2 games under 13K. seattle drew 46 for opening day and haven’t cracked 22K since. hell, the white sox have had a couple of game of sub 14K.

    break out the vaporizer!!!!!!!!!!!

    • s says:

      and how’s miami doing in the new park? 25k for the two weekday games vs the Cubs. in three years, they’ll be back to sub 15K in that park on a weekday. but i’m sure that’s ozzies fault. don’t worry he’ll be the excuse.

  5. angrybuddha says:

    Any word on Molina’s anger at getting hit last night? Is it possible that he thought it was payback for Price coming inside on Bautista earlier in the game? [Dewayne & BA talked a lot about the Price moving Bautista's feet, but didn't seem to link the two incidents...]

  6. don says:

    S….big problem with Rays attendance is HOW our local media presents the attendance to the country and the national media ESPN/MLB…they follow the lead of our writers constantly writing/talking about attendance when they don’t know what else to write about…bet that don’t happen in Toronto, cleveland,Seattle, and new stadium Miami….
    all we need is a new stadium…Oh really! or new media mentality,new markteting, aggressive sales & Promotion ect.
    Has Maddon ever beat Romero..can’t remember? but he knows how…ask him…

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